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What are Eccrine Sweat Glands ? Hyperhidrosis

By: Hratch Karamanoukian, MD and Raffy Karamanoukian, MD

July 23, 2008

The Eccrine Sweat Galnds and Hyperhidrosis

Eccrine sweat is produced via merocrine secretion and is composed of water, sodium, potassium lactate, urea, ammonia, serine, aspartic acid, heavy metals, organic compounds and proteolytic enzymes.

The primary function of the eccrine unit is thermoregulation, which is accomplished through the cooling effects of evaporation of this sweat on the skin surface.

Eccrine glands first develop on the palms and soles, and then gradually appear on the remainder of the body, with the exception of the vermilion border of the lips, nail beds, labia minora and glans. The highest density of eccrine glands is seen on the palms, soles and underarms.


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For more information about hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) , as well as surgical and non-surgical hyperhidrosis treatment options, contact Dr. Karamanoukian at The Center for Excessive Sweating, a National Center of Excellence for Hyperhidrosis Treatment by email or by phone at (716) 839-3638.

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